Convert Photo, Video & More to Digital
The Technology of Converting Video Tapes to Digital
It's important to use the correct resolution when converting video tape to digital. Otherwise, the image quality will be degraded.
DpsDave Economy Class
Hi-8, Digital8, Video8
480p up to the late 90's
720p after that
DpsDave Standard Class
DpsDave Premium Class
Video standards define the resolution of a video. With more resolution the video will be clearer and sharper if displayed on a display with equal or more resolution.
This picture shows the different video standards.
In the USA, everything (recorders and displays) were NTSC until 1998 when the 720p standard entered the market. This was the best there was until early 2006, when the 1080p standard was introduced.
What this means
Matching the resolution used for converting video tape to digital to the resolution used when the video tape was created is very important!
Here is how to tell what resolution was used for video tape creation:
- All VHS tapes are NTSC standard
- Some 8mm tapes are 720, but most are NTSC
- The MiniDV tapes range from NTSC to 1080p
Here is what resolution DpsDave uses for converting video tapes to digital:
- Economy: NTSC standard
- Standard: 720
- Premium 1080
Videos made at higher resolution are degraded when converted to digital at a lower resolution.
VHS & VHS-c
VHS & VHSc
Video 8 / Hi8
This is the manual our operators are use to identify video tapes: VIDEO TAPE IDENTIFICATION AND ASSESSMENT GUIDE